RAGS to riches tale Cinderella is given an elegant turn at the feet of Vienna Festival Ballet later this month.
Penistone Paramount Theatre hosts a glossy new production of the celebrated story of a mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince
Music is taken from the great Italian composer Rossini’s most famous operatic achievements and presented under the auspices of Chris Nicolls.
A renowned conductor and musical director for ballet, he was chosen by artistic director Peter Mallek to rearrange and rewrite the score for the company. It was then recorded by an orchestra in Kosice, Slowakia.
Audiences will recognise some of Rossini’s most famous operas within the ballet - La Cenerentola, the Italian Girl in Algiers and Silken Ladder add to the magical fantasy world of Cinderella, who finds love at a glittering ball in defiance of her bullying sisters who condemn her to a life of domestic drudgery.
Sheila Styles, from the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, one of the company’s most expert and idiosyncratic choreographers, has created the ballet with a touch of pantomime, finding inspiration in the music.
Vienna Festival Ballet, who previously performed at the Paramount with The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, take Cinderella there on March 31.